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Misty Lithuania

Misty Lithuania, Trakai

“Unseen Lithuania” book by Marius Jovaiša claims that Lithuanian fog is most beautiful in the world! Although this sounds a bit too confident to say, I did like it when me and Joni were visiting Lithuania last weekend.  It sort of made everything misty and fairy taley :-). Especially Trakai Castle that were situated in the middle of the lake!

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Misty Lithuania in Kernave

Misty Lithuania, Kernave

Enjoy your week!

Rasa :-)


Eden Project

Eden Project

Visiting Eden Project in winter is great (especially when my boyfriend organised it)! When you feeling chilly and summer holidays seems so far away this is a perfect place to hang out :-). To visit Eden Project has been my dream for so many years! I was quite amazed by the structure of Biomes. Although it is warm enough in the Rain Forest Biome, we are hoping to visit it in summer when the plants outside are in full bloom. Hopefully you will enjoy this quick Eden Project tour and the pics will speak for themselves :-).

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Happy Wednesday!

Rasa xoxo


A day out at Petersham Nurseries ♥


Me, my mum (who is visiting me) and Vickie had a such a great time in Petersham Nurseries today. It is soooo beautiful there! Don’t you think this place would be perfect for a wedding?




The cakes we delicious too! My favourite was a lavender, rose water and almond cake…. yum :b







We definitely recommend Petersham Nurseries to anyone who loves vintage country style, you would definitely enjoy this;). It’s in Richmond (forgot to tell)! It has a cute shop as well where you can buy not only pretty stuff for home, but also the gardening accessories. I bought some gardening twine in pretty colours thinking to knit a rug or something… will let you know!

Having a really busy weekend. A dear friend’s, Lola’s wedding tomorrow! Looking forward to that :). What are you up to for the weekend?

Rasa xox


Bicycle trip to Richmond

Lee Valley

And this is how our journey to Richmond started. Alex planned the route, I packed the lunch and sky … well.. it delivered sun!!

Lee Valley cannel

Luckily Alex is an expert on picking scenic cycling routs so most of our trip took place around the rivers and canals. I love the river around my neighbourhood ♥. For more reads about River Lea go here.

Elderflower berries

While I was cycling I noticed that lots of Elderflower trees turned to Elderberries. I did a little research and found out that you can make jelly, cordial or even liqueur with it ;)


Such a quick scenery change as we went along! I loved riverside cafes and even cafe-boats!



At the Limehouse we had to leave the river, but not for good…


Passed the central London of course ;)


Lunch at Chelsea Park: bacon tart, elderflower and poppyseed cake and rye bread sandwiches that were really yummy. I will share the recipe some time soon ;)


So after ups and downs (my bike tire went flat that got luckily fixed), we get reunited with our friend Vicki! YAY!!


We can’t get enough of the riverside as more walks by the river continues…




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But the time to say goodbyes is always round the corner, but not for good!

Thanks to Vicki for making our trip memorable.

Rasa :)


Bicycle trip across London!

Vickie's Scribles ;)

As you have guessed we are cycling across London to Richmond to visit our friend Vicki! Although this wasn’t my idea I am looking forward to this challenge…. after all I haven’t cycled for a while ;)

How are you spending your weekend?

Rasa xox


Crocheting while catching a flight


I don’t know about you, but every time I am up and about I really like to have some sort of craft in my hand. However, a knitting is often not an option to take  on the flight (due to security restrictions of course!). Thankfully the crochet hook is allowed, therefore I had a chance to finally finish my crocheted collar project if you remember from the past.

Try it for yourself, the pattern with the instructions are listed here!


Rasa :)


San Francisco: Tartine Bakery!


Remember “Tartine Bread” book I was telling you about? Well I visited their bakery while I was in San Francisco! Thats was quite an experience as I had to queue up since it turns out to be really papular cafe in the Mission neighbourhood  :)



It was really difficult to make the decision with all the variety of tarts and cakes and pastries….



Eventually I went with the lemon cream tart which was really really yum! I just can’t get used to to drink my latte in the bowl :O


And hot pressed sandwich (sourdough bread with mozzarella and tapenade)  for a lunch in the Dolores park? Perfect! With marinated carrots? interesting!

IMG_2988I wish you were there ;)

Rasa xox


San Francisco: Being there ;)


My holidays in San Francisco is coming to an end and I am excited to tell you that I have met some interesting people that I hope to keep in touch ;)

I find it difficult to describe this city in one sentience as it is so diverse  and multi cultured in more defined ways to compare to London. Every part of it looks almost like a different country (literally). However here I picked my favourite point of view…


As you already know, I love nature and San Francisco greenery is no exception! I have never quite experienced a Beach in the City :D




I love how succulents and cacti just grow wild outdoors! In London I am limited to Aloe and other similar type of plants indoors.


I discovered another cute plant! It’s a Tillandsia, otherwise called air plant. It can be used to make those tiny (or large) terrariums as it needs no soil to grow in, just an occasional mist. I am so making one sometime soon!


I have visited some pretty vintage shops, cafes and bookshops, most of them in the Mission District, my favourite area in San Francisco so far.




Today I have tried pear and goat cheese tart! I love trying interesting flavour combinations! If you do too, try Berry Crumble Cheesecake (with goat cheese).

My ice-cream tasting went to another level! I tried basil, honey&lavender, balsamic strawberry, plum, fig&amaretto, brown sugar banana, roasted corn, peanut chip, cardamom and finally a cranberry muesli. I can’t wait until I make my own! For now try my very spontaneous ice-cream ;)


And finally, what I love most is to escape to the beach (just 30min away from the city by bus)….



Rasa xo


San Francisco: “Tartine Bread” book


Guess what! I am off to San Francisco just in next hour… going alone and don’t know anybody out there, hopefully I will make some new friends ;)

Just few months ago I have been given opportunity to pick any place on the world (I mean any) and with no research done I picked San Francisco! Why? Well, thats because I have this book (completely in love with it!)”Tartine Bread” by Chad Robertson and knowing it is from San Francisco I got inspired to sometime visit there, because I really really loved the pictures with lots and lots of country side and some urban lifestyle!… And much later I discovered that this is not quite true, San Francisco is actually a city! Lesson learned not to pick flights when research is not done!



But, hey, I will make best out of this! I am actually looking forward to the adventure that awaits me! While I am there I promise  to try something that I have never done and travel like I am the local there! Will keep you posted :)

Rasa xo


Road trip to Peak District: Abstract photo collage



While we were visiting Cromford, a small town in Peak District, we came across little art gallery by a river cannel. I liked a lot of the paintings there, most of them reflecting Peak District scenery, however I mostly got inspired by J.Margaret Oakes’s photo collage that I tried out today with my own photos that I took at Peak District. Here are the instructions if you would like to have a go ;)

Have fun!

Rasa xo


Road trip to Peak District: Being there ;)



So there we are, sitting on the top of the “peak” at the Peak District (otherwise called Black Rock) adoring the view we have around us. I can really say we really had the most amazing weekend! We took so many pictures and I think if we counted them all it might be close to a 500 or even 600 snap shots. So you can only imagine how difficult it was for me to narrow down and only show these besties!








And guess what! While we were there we even “casually” visited Mr Darcy’s home (Jane Austen “Pride and Pejudice”).




















I so recommend to visit Peak District if you have not done that yet.

Have a lovely week!

Rasa :)



Road trip to Peak District: Getting Ready!



Hey, we are off to Peak District! How excited I am! I baked Sweet Potato And Pepper Tortilla, Onion And Bacon Tart & Elderflower And Poppyseed Cake (I am still obsessed with Elderflour) for our 4hour road trip. I am ready to go ;) I will share the recipes for these and pics from Peak District as soon as I come back!

Have a lovelly Weekend yourself ;)

Rasa xo


Walk by the river Lea


Last Sunday was quite spontaneous for me. In afternoon I popped in to my neighbour’s who suggested we go for a walk. What? For a walk? I know no parks around here in London where I live! However I went along and took Sarah (my new flatmate) with me. After 20min we reached a river Lea surrounded by nature and filled with cute residential boats. Such a quick scenery change!





I love how people living in the boats grow herbs and veg on their roofs. Such a dainty little garden!





And the names for the boats are super amazing!


Sarah found her own ;)




And we were so lucky as Collin, who lives in one of those boats gave us a tour on living such a lifestyle.



I love his artistic style, especially his desk that he made himself from upcycled scrap wood!


And small, but practical kitchen that seems to fit everything….


Including cookery books! Collin said he likes cooking for people and that we are invited for dinner some time soon… Thanks, Collin, for your hospitality ;-)




On the way back I collected some Elderflower, maybe I will make some cordial tomorrow…


Have you walked around your neighbourhood recently?

Rasa xo



My trip to Kuršių Nerija National Park

I just came back from Lithuania where I took short trip to Kuršių Nerija National Park (my favourite place in the world) with my friends and Vickie’s parents. The cool thing about Kuršių Nerija is that it is situated on Curonian Spit surrounded by Baltic Sea on one side and Curonian Lagoon on the other. I especially like nature there. Subtle seaside colours have been inspiration to me for years and it still amazes me every time! However… I will start with the village which is quite cute too xx

Because of so much water around the villages, local cousine is mainly based on fish. The most popular is smoked fish (all kinds) and my favourite is fish soup ;-b

Sandy Dunes are other cool things to visit!

So many fun activities at the beach!

My summer read is Anna Karenina! I like to read the book before watching the movie :)

Not forgetting to knit of course! Vickie’s mum showed me how to knit lace. I wonder where shall I use  my new still? New summery slippers or a jumper? I will let you know once I decide!

Good things come to an end. I had to take a bus home :(
I am wishing you a wonderful Summer Holiday season! xx
Rasa xo

My trip to Italy

I will start with the official news that I am back to London and the fact that I am experiencing mild writer’s block condition (not that I consider myself a writer). So beware of this minor problem as I progress with writing my quick story. Also would like to mention that I no longer work in the cafe… who knows what the future will bring? But for now am focusing on settling in London whilst still feeling really privileged for my year experiences in Windsor.

Anyway… moving on! I had a short gap between moving to London and leaving the cafe job so I did little bit of traveling. I visited Italy, Greece and Lithuania (of course!). What I am going to talk about now however is Italy since it is what the title is suggesting. And since I am only telling short story I will only focus on FOOD. And believe me food was the biggest part of this trip! At least in my opinion…

And the most amazing thing is that we were staying at our friend’s Alex house! You see, I was able to witness the real Italian cuisine. Thanks to Alex’s mum as she was really wonderful hostess and cooked three course meal every time. She even showed me how to make gnocchi which is my favorite! I mean, I knew how to make these potato dumplings before, however that used to take me forever. This time I defiantly feel more confident as Alex’s mum (sadly forgot her name) demonstrated a good technique how to make them quicker. I am also amazed that her recipe had some ricotta cheese which made gnocchi even more soft and tasty! Try it for yourself….


Ingredients (feeds 4 gnocchi lovers):  300g ricotta cheese
2 egg yolks
250g potatoes (boiled, pealed and mashed)
130g flour plus some for rolling
100g hard cheese like Parmesan
1tbs butter
1 leek
200g sweet peas (can be from frozen)
250ml vegetable stock
4tbsp cream
4 slices prosciutto ham
olive oil
salt and pepper

1. First, make the dough by mixing ricotta cheese, egg yolks, potatoes, flour and Parmesan together.
2. Then, prepare the sauce. Chop the leeks and fry them with butter. Then add peas, stock and whiz it up all together with hand food processor. Let it cook for further 2-3min and after taking it of the heat add the cream and season to your taste. Set aside.
3. Make the gnocchi by rolling the pieces of dough on the floury surface and then cutting them into little pieces (see picture above). To make them textured roll each gnocchi piece against the fork ribs. Lay them in floured plate by leaving some small gaps between them as they really like to stick together.
4. Lay prosciutto ham slices onto foil and bake for around 15 min until it is slightly golden. Take it out to dry.
5. Cook gnocchi in lightly salted boiling water. But don’t go away too far away as the little pieces of gnocchi soon rises up to the top and that’s when you should fish them out.
6. To serve mix gnocchi with sauce, little olive oil and dish them up. On top of each plate add crispy prosciutto slice and maybe some Parmesan of course.

Buon appetitio!

Rasa xox